Mission Statement

The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. 

Special Olympics Polar Plunge is on Saturday, February 3, 2024. Chesapeake’s team is CHESAPEAKE ATHLETES, Area 2

The Polar Plunge is Special Olympics Virginia's largest fundraiser, attracting more than 10,000 people to the oceanfront in February. The fundraising done at this event pays for most of the expenses of our program - which is free to all athletes.

Our Chesapeake program costs over $40,000 a year for uniforms, sports equipment, entry fees for local and statewide competitions, facility fees, travel expenses including van rental, gasoline, meals, and housing. Every contribution to Special Olympics is tax deductible, and you will get a receipt when you donate online. 

You can help us raise these funds by joining the CHESAPEAKE ATHLETES, Area 2 team. Plunge or help raise money for our team. Use your Fundraising page to send out to friends and family to collect donations.

Our athletes come out each year and brave the cold to support their team and our Chesapeake program. Everyone who plunges with our team will get a colorful t-shirt to wear at the plunge but you must send your size to: Sharon Sensi by January 7, 2024: 757-353-4969. To join our  CHESAPEAKE ATHLETES TEAM Click Here

We had our Fundraising Golf Tournament at Greenbrier Country Club on Monday, September 18, 2023. Thank you to all of the golfers, sponsors, volunteers, athletes and gift donors that made our 2023 Golf Tournament a wonderful success. We really appreciate the community support and the generous donations to our sports programs! Here are some highlight of the day and another thank you to our fabulous sponsors. 
 Join our Chesapeake sports program as an Athlete or Volunteer.
We invite you to volunteer with our program. If you are interested please go to the volunteer page and fill out the appropriate forms. If you have questions contact Sherry York at
If you have an athlete that would like to join our program and participate in a sport please go to the athlete page and review the information. You need to have your medical completed prior to joining an activity in our program.  If you have questions about the medical form contact Partice Dykes at
If you are a current athlete your medical needs to be updated every three years. If you are going to the doctor be sure to check to see if your medical needs to be updated. This is the updated medical form your doctor needs to fill out. 
Chesapeake Monthly Council Meetings
We welcome all parents and volunteers to join us at our monthly council meetings. It is your chance to share suggestions with us and help us build a stronger program for our athletes. Our next Council Meeting is on Tuesday, January 9 at 6:30 pm. We are having Zoom meetings so if you would like to attend email Sherry York at   

Chesapeake Athletes Team Polar Plunge 2023



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